Five ways to have a successful family outing. We love exploring, and try to do so as much as possible. However, with 4 little ones, there are times when honestly I just don’t think I have the energy to pack the nappy bag! It’s like packing for an overnight stay when you are only gone for a few hours!
There are times when I think I have mastered the art, and then on other occasions, I want to pretend that these creatures don’t belong to me :) Yep, I can see you nodding your head… It’s been THAT bad!
So in my quest for “mastering” the art of a family outing (which I fail at most times), here are my 5 tips!
1. Morning Outings
Go on an outing in the mornings, when the children are still fresh and eager for the adventure that awaits. Make sure to be home just before their naptime.
Take regular breaks to take a sip of water, sit under a tree or run around a little, to get rid of all that excess energy.
Research the area you are visiting. Find out where the bathrooms, restaurants and play areas are.
Nothing cures a grumpy, tired child better than a snack. Load up the bag with drinks and treats, find a spot to relax and let them fill their tummies.
5. Have Fun
If you are stressed, your children will become stressed as well. They are excited, let them run wild and free. Enjoy this moment, and have a minute for yourself as well.
We just went on an outing today!. And I must say we had a great time! And if all else fails. Drink coffee, lots and lots of coffee!!
I’m sure your “map” will work for my my adult child aka the husband especially the snacks ?????
Haha!!! That gave me a giggle. Happy to offer some assistance! xoxo
4 kids?!!?? I struggle to get out the door with one!!! I loved the map, how did you do it? (If you don’t mind me asking?) it’s really cool and I do agree it’s all about the early outings. xx
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4 kids?!!?? I struggle to get out the door with one!!! I loved the map, how did you do it? (If you don’t mind me asking?) it’s really cool and I do agree it’s all about the early outings. xx #kcacols
hehe this is great and very true! I love being up and out on a morning as it means beat any traffic and queues! #KCACOLS
100% , and by the time the rest of the world arrives, it’s time for us to go home.. Perfect scenario! xx Thanks for reading!
I used to have to plan outings around afternoon naps. Now that my kids are older, we are a bit more flexible and if I forget the snacks it isn’t Armageddon!
That must be fantastic! I’m looking forward to that age!! :) Thanks for reading Katy! xx
oh my gosh so true the more stressed we are the more likely to be a disaster, very cool and helpful post #bloggerclubUK
I think they sometimes secretly want us to be stressed out, that way they get more treats :) Thanks for reading!
Great tips. I never leave the house without a stash of snacks and drinks for the kids!
Oh my! Snacks are like the Holy Grail! :) xxx
I love this post lol, I have 3 children and I thought that was hard enough! xx
You’ve just got to love those outings :) haha
Oh goodness…I find this trick with 1 let alone any more! I need to relax more when we are out for the day but I have learnt the hard way about bringing plenty of snacks and having lots of ‘rests’! :)
Oh! Most definitely!! 100% agreed! Thanks for reading! xx
So true! I take snacks on every trip #stayclassymama
We learn the hard way, don’t we!! xx
With you on this, things always go a bit more smoothly if we go out in the morning, and I always make sure I have a snack in my bag even if we’re just walking to the local shops! x #KCACOLS
Snacks, always snacks!!! Else we get a case of major food grumps! Love the map #kcacols
I try and stick to many of these myself. The morning is absolutely the best time for us to get going. Snacks help the outing instantly, but I also like them to help me through a day at home ;)
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